Challenge Hate and Lies

RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 30, 2009

Dear Editor,
    My husband and I were just saying how the Republicans and Fox News are all inciting this angry moblike mentality, and we were both waiting to hear on the news that someone was shot, etc., who was either a liberal, Democrat, or someone affiliated with the government, and we weren't disappointed. I was not shocked to hear about the census worker being brutally murdered, and it pains me to know that the Glenn Becks and Rush Limbaughs of this world won't shut up until they've gotten some nut job to assassinate the president or bomb another government building. It's no longer harmless banter when you have your viewers believing that Obama is now the Antichrist.
    I just came back from seeing my father, and I watched Fox News and listened to the people complain about Democrats as I shrunk in my chair afraid that they may find out that I voted for Obama. I believe if this continues at this rate, things will only escalate. We used to be able to sit down and talk about our differences, but now anyone who dares mention that they may be a liberal is seen as having horns growing out of their heads, or better yet as in league with the devil.
    Liberals are being dehumanized, and anything you watch on the so-called fair-and-balanced side is repeated hyperbole which I later hear again spoken by the viewers themselves as though they are all reading from the same cue cards. Beck even had on his show schoolkids singing about Obama, and I watched on his show and at least five more times on Fox News how that was some evil plan to brainwash kids, "like Obama is the saviour" as Pat Buchanan put it. (I guess it was OK for us to sing about Bush since he was a rich white man.) I think they've all lost their minds, and nothing they say surprises me anymore. Next you'll be hearing that Obama secretly sacrifices children to Satan. I hope I am wrong, but I really think Rupert Murdoch and his minions are subliminally asking for this to happen, and if or when it does, I will blame not only Murdoch but most of the mainstream media for allowing them to spew such hate and lies unchallenged.
Tracy Haus
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